At an all-girls school, pep rallies are crazy-raucous
When you go to an all-girls school, you are not afraid to eat pie in three seconds to score a win for your class.
You are not afraid to be wrapped in toilet paper and then race across the gym. You play dodgeball with a vengeance.
And when you go to the first Mayfield pep rally of the school year, you are not afraid to scream and raise your voice with your classmates in a deafening show of school spirit! It’s not about cheering for a football or other sports team. It’s about donning your class color for the year—green, black, orange or purple—and cheering for Mayfield!
“Spirit rallies are important because it builds Mayfield community,” said Catie Sanchez ’19, co-president of the Athletic Leadership Council, which organized the rally. “They bring everyone together, all the classes, athletes, the art conservatories—everyone.”
Indeed, Mayfield pep rallies are a special brand of actions and (loud) words—laughter, raucous spirit games and crazy, nonsensical cheers.
Consider this school-wide favorite, the Little Red Wagon repeat-after-me chant:
You can’t ride in my little red wagon The front seat is broken and the axle’s draggin Chug-ah Chug-ah Chug-ga-chug-ga-chug-ga
The group silliness, students said, is an antidote to stress. School administrators calendared the rally to coincide with end-of-quarter tests.
“It really takes the stress away and gives you a chance to not focus on schoolwork and grades,” said Maeve Davitt ’19. “And because we are all girls, we are not afraid to step it up. We just enjoy being part of one community.”
Yet a competitive community.
Seniors, feeling empowered as school leaders these days, won the spirit games.
Established in 1931, Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA is a Catholic, independent, college preparatory school for young women grades 9-12. Noted for its rigorous academic program, which includes 21 Advanced Placement and Honors courses, Mayfield’s curriculum is underscored by a philosophy of educating the “whole child,” which also encourages commitment to and excellence in the arts, athletics, community service and spiritual growth. The nurturing environment at Mayfield Senior School allows each student to flourish in an atmosphere of personal attention.